Rank #1: The Beginning of Infinity, Explanations That Transform the World, David Deutsch
A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers.
Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous.
Our guest is a multiple award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation and argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe. They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavour.
This stream of ever improving explanations has infinite reach. We are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control, and achieve.
He applies that worldview to a wide range of issues and unsolved problems, from creativity and free will to the origin and future of the human species.
We welcome David Deutsch, Fellow of the Royal Society, a pioneer in quantum computing, visiting Professor of physics at the Centre for Quantum Computation at Oxford University, multiple TED Talker, optimist and author of The Beginning of Infinity, Explanations That Transform the World.
What David calls good explanations.
Error as unavoidable in the growth of knowledge.
The misconception that knowledge needs authority to be genuine or reliable
All scientific theories are testable conjectures
Every explanation begins with conjecture
The growth of knowledge consists of correcting misconceptions in our theories
The Principle of Mediocrity
The Spaceship Earth metaphor
We touch very lightly on the Multiverse
More about David here:
Feb 12 2019
Rank #2: EP 96: Start Reverse with André Wiringa
Our guest is Chief Xperience Officer (CXO) and Managing Partner at Solutions Unlimited. He is the author of the wonderful book Start Reverse. In this must-listen chat,
Andre tells us about the philosophy of starting in reverse, of flipping marketing on its head to become “customering”. Customering means starting with the customer every touchpoint of your brand. Andre tells us this means empowering your people and including them as main vehicles to the customer.
We talk experience economy, in-store experience, business as theatre, leaders as directors and workers as cast members.
We chat about the purpose economy, including how we must have our own personal purpose to align with that of an organisation.
Andre tells us about EPIC leadership, reverse leadership, game-changing brands, game-changer principles and thinking in 5D. This is an awesome interview.
"There are no markets; there are only customers! Therefore, we must stop marketing in all of its manifestations. Think reverse and start customering.”
Find out about Andre and the book here: http://startreverse.com/product/reverse-journey-book-2/
Apr 14 2018
Rank #3: The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth - Amy C. Edmondson
Dec 12 2019
Rank #4: EP 29: What is your AQ? Grit, Resilience and Growth Mindset, A Leadership Special
Mar 23 2017
Rank #5: EP 86: The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance
We discuss strategies to improve our lives by understanding how to maximise the brain. This great conversation includes thoughts on sleep, exercise, brain training, meditation, ageing, children and technology and much more.
You can find out more about Friederike and her work and where to by the book here:
Feb 18 2018
Rank #6: The Yes Brain Child: More Resilient, Independent and Creative Kids with Dr Tina Payne Bryson
Children can often act out or shut down when faced with a setback or a tricky issue like homework, food or screen time. Our guest calls the ‘No Brain’ response. But you can help develop the ability to cope, solve their own problems and thrive by nurturing the ‘Yes Brain’.
Drawing on her successful work with thousands of parents and children from all backgrounds, our guest provides the advice, tools and activities to help parents and children of all ages.
This is what the ‘Yes Brain’ approach looks like in action:
*A 5-year-old boy thinks about his first day at school and says, ‘I’m nervous but I’ll give it a try.’
*An 8-year-old girl says, ‘I’d like to join the football team, even though none of my friends like football.’
*A 14-year-old boy looks at a test he’s earned a D- for and says, ‘That’s not the mark I wanted but it’s not the end of the world. I’ll ask the teacher how I can improve.’
I would like to add to all that a Yes Brain is what we need in business environments today. A mind open to possibility and with the ability to control emotion and recognise when fear is a blocker. So please do listen to this show as a parent, a corporate innovator, change-maker or out of pure curiosity.
We welcome the author of “The Yes Brain Child: Help Your Child be More Resilient, Independent and Creative”, Dr Tina Payne Bryson, thank you
Yes and No brains
The Prefrontal Cortex
Social and Emotional Intelligence
Intuition and Morality
Simple tools to help activate the Yes Brain
More about Tina here:
Aug 08 2019
Rank #7: EP 123: Finding Time to Lead Seven Practices to Unleash Outrageous Potential with Leslie Peters
CEOs can build incredible cultures, grow companies, and enhance the bottom line. But without the right guidance, they can just as easily burn out, cause cultures to stagnate, and lead their organisations to ruin.
Drawing from twenty-plus years of working side by side with today’s top leaders, Leadership expert and author of Finding Time to Lead, Leslie Peters pulls back the leadership curtain to reveal the shifts, practices, and tools that move leaders past the status quo.
Why “having all the answers” ultimately sabotages success
How to recognise if busy-ness is, in fact, a sign of anxiety or discomfort
Why there’s no such thing as a perfectly crafted corporate message
How the lack of a counter-narrative can bring a CEO down
How to lead change in a way that brings people along
Three great shifts as leader:
From doing to being
From knowing to understanding
From reacting to responding
Sep 30 2018
Rank #8: EP 133: The Persuasion Code, Neuromarketing with Patrick Renvoisé
Today’s guest is the founder of SalesBrain, the world’s first Neuromarketing agency, built upon two decades of research on the effect of advertising and sales messages on the human brain to create a breakthrough persuasion strategy. Based on the latest research in neuroscience, media psychology and behavioural economics, today’s guest makes understanding the complex science of persuasion simple.
We will discuss the award-winning persuasion model, NeuroMap™, a science-based, comprehensive yet simple step-by-step process that helps develop successful marketing and sales messages.
This strategy of persuasion is useful in both business and personal success.
Today’s guest is the author of the new book, The Persuasion Code: How Neuromarketing Can Help You Persuade Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, Patrick Renvoise
This strategy of persuasion is useful in both business and personal success.
Today’s guest is the author of the new book, The Persuasion Code: How Neuromarketing Can Help You Persuade Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, Patrick Renvoisé
We share some of the 188 cognitive biases
We talk recency bias and primacy bias
We share the candy equation, the gain maximisation bet and the loss avoidance bet
We discuss how the biases can be unlocked to maximise our sales or marketing messages
Patrick shares what is happening with our brains and our emotions and how they impact and guide our choices
Patrick shows how marketers need to create the emotion that nudges people towards your product and brand
Patrick discusses how we can unlock sales using the Salesbrain models and NeuroMap
Patrick shares the 6 stimuli for persuasive messages
We discuss the 6 persuasion elements and the 7 persuasion catalysts
More about Patrick Renvoisé and Neuromarketing here:
The book is here:
Nov 26 2018
Rank #9: EP 76: The Hidden Biases that control our spending, Dollars and Sense with Jeff Kreisler
In a world where people are talking about crypto and digital currencies, we look at the real psychology of money and why and how we spend it.
Jeff Kreisler and Dan Ariely brilliantly give us some great pointers on how we can avoid the many pitfalls and psychological traps behind our spending habits and behaviours.
Money is the top reason for divorce, the number one cause of stress for people and we are demonstrably worse at all kinds of problem-solving when we have money problems on our minds. Money has changed the human condition as much as any other advance—as much as the printing press, the wheel, electricity, and al the tech advances we are now seeing
We look at several of the biases and forces at play behind our financial choices and lack thereof, we discuss the following: Opportunity cost neglect and Alternatives We absolutely must, consciously or not, consider opportunity costs every time we use money.
We should consider the alternatives we are giving up by choosing to spend money now.
The endowment effect, The Ikea effect, Loss Aversion Emotional Accounting; Anchoring Gateway Drugs Virtual Ownership Retirement savings Fairness and effort, Anchoring, Payments, Frictionless. Painless. Thoughtless, The pain of paying, Language and how it affects what we pay.
More about Jeff and where to find his books and his speaking opportunities here: http://www.jeffkreisler.com/
Jan 09 2018
Rank #10: The Polymath: Unlocking the Power of Human Versatility with author Waqās Ahmed
Do you feel you are not doing what you would really like to do?
Are you good at many things, but feel you cannot do them for fear of appearing odd or going against the grain?
You may just be a Polymath and that is a major gift!
Every human is born with multifarious potential.
Why, then, do parents, schools and employers insist that we restrict our many talents and interests; that we 'specialise' in just one?
We've been sold a myth, that to 'specialise' is the only way to pursue truth, identity, or even a livelihood. Yet specialisation is nothing but an outdated system that fosters ignorance, exploitation and disillusionment and thwarts creativity, opportunity and progress.
Following a series of exchanges with the world's greatest historians, futurists, philosophers and scientists, Waqas Ahmed has weaved together a narrative of history and a vision for the future that seeks to disrupt this prevailing system of unwarranted 'hyper-specialisation.'
In The Polymath, Waqas shows us that there is another way of thinking and being. Through an approach that is both philosophical and practical, he sets out a cognitive journey towards reclaiming your innate polymathic state. Going further, he proposes nothing less than a cultural revolution in our education and professional structures, whereby everyone is encouraged to express themselves in multiple ways and fulfil their many-sided potential. Not only does this enhance individual fulfilment, but in doing so, facilitates a conscious and creative society that is both highly motivated and well equipped to address the complexity of 21st-century challenges.
What is a Polymath?
How did we get to this age of specialisation?
Polymaths through time
Polymathy as a gift
Polymaths in an age of Artificial Intelligence
A cognitive Revolution?
More about Waqās here: https://www.the-polymath.com/author/
Jul 18 2019
Rank #11: EP 99: Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future - Martin Ford
Martin Ford is a futurist and the author of the New York Times bestselling "Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future" (winner of the 2015 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and translated into more than 20 languages) and "The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future," as well as the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm. He has over 25 years experience in the fields of computer design and software development. He holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MBA degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
We talk: The perfect storm of technology, climate change and technological unemployment
The automation wave Automation replacing human brains as well as brawn Exponential Growth and Moore's Law
Universal Basic Income
His upcoming book 'Architects of the Artifical Intelligence Revolution'
May 03 2018
Rank #12: EP 110: The Truth about Consumers and the Psychology of Shopping - Consumer.ology with Philip Graves
With corporate risk aversion at an all-time high, it’s no surprise that marketing professionals increasingly reach for market research to support their strategies. Then, if products and marketing campaigns fail, they blame the research.
While this episode is invaluable for all business owners and marketers – it will equally help us understand any customer better, but also understand ourselves.
Today’s guest has had no hesitation in calling out a multi-billion dollar industry for its frailties and suggesting a better way. We welcome consumer behaviour expert and author of the best-seller ‘Consumerology: The Truth about Consumers and the Psychology of Shopping’, Philip Graves
Focus groups versus real life situations
Why Asking Is Fruitless
Brand Fails such as New Coke and The Post Office rebranding as Consignia
How brands like Red Bull succeeded in face of bad focus group research
Simplification and Stickiness
The misattributing of consultancy spend
The importance of the entrepreneurial gut feeling
The importance of Social proof
The biases that sway our decisions
The AFECT Model Analysis (of behavioural data) Frame (of mind) “Environment” “Covert study” “Timeframe”
You can find out more about Philip including where to buy his book here: http://philipgraves.net/
Jul 14 2018
Rank #13: Unlocking Creativity: How to Solve Any Problem by Shifting Creative Mindsets with Michael Roberto
Today’s episode is an exploration of the creative process and how organisations can clear the way for innovation.
In many organisations, creative individuals face stubborn resistance to new ideas.
Managers and executives often reject innovation and unconventional approaches due to misplaced allegiance to the status quo.
Questioning established practices or challenging prevailing sentiments is frequently met with stiff resistance.
In this climate of stifled creativity and inflexible adherence to conventional wisdom, potentially game-changing ideas are dismissed outright.
Senior leaders claim to value creativity, yet often lack the knowledge to provide a creative framework.
More on Mike here: https://www.professormichaelroberto.com/
Nov 14 2019
Rank #14: Master Your Mind: Counterintuitive Strategies to Refocus Your Runaway Brain with Roger Seip
Success in business is spelled M-O-R-E: better results, faster growth, more revenue, greater efficiency.
Do more. Make more. Achieve more.
And do it now. Eventually, ambition turns to stress, then to frenzy, then to emptiness as once-ambitious workers endlessly trudge the hamster wheel chasing the next promotion.
While top-level performance is the holy grail of business at all levels, there is another, much better way to achieve it: slow down.
Yes, you read that right--S-L-O-W. This is your permission to jump off of the hamster wheel.
Slowing down is not a luxury, it is a necessity. A frenetic brain simply doesn't perform at optimal levels. By maintaining a snail's pace, you actually achieve better results--at rocket speed--because you're firing on all cylinders. You'll think of new things, approach old problems from new perspectives, and breathe a breath of fresh air into everything you do. This book shows you how to achieve this state of steady, sustainable fire, and how to get further by crawling than you ever did while attempting to fly.
Learn how slowing down can lead to better, faster results
Achieve optimal performance thought patterns
Enhance your creativity and effectiveness
Build energy, revenue, and good health in a self-sustaining way
You know you're capable of more, but the stress is eating away at your body, your brain, and your soul. Relax, take a deep breath, and buckle down. Clear your mind, and then put it to work. Stop juggling and start doing. Master Your Mind shows you how to supercharge your trajectory by taking it S-L-O-W.
More about Roger here: https://freedompersonaldevelopment.com
Dec 05 2019
Rank #15: EP 89: How to Think Fast, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Concentration with Joseph Cardillo PhD
In a world vying for our attention, if we can become masters of this attention, we can lead happier more present lives.
Dr Joseph Cardillo is this week’s guest. He is a martial artist, doctor and author of: ’Body Intelligence - Harness Your Body's Energies for Your Best Life’, ‘The Five Seasons’, ‘Your Playlist Can Change Your Life’, ‘Be Like Water’, ‘Bow to Life’ and the focus of today’s show Can I Have Your Attention? How to Think Fast, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Concentration’.
We explore some of the attention building exercises and processes outlined in his book and how we can reset our increasing attention deficit. We discuss how we can maximise our attention at work, in key moments where we are about to “lose our mind”.
We discuss how we can give our children the tools for better sleep as well as ourselves. We touch on how we can be victims of unintentional bias. Finally, Joseph emphasises the merits of meditation and the myriad benefits it can give us.
You can find out more about Joe and find all his books here:
Mar 04 2018
Rank #16: EP 107: Be More Pirate with social entrepreneur and author Sam Conniff Allende
Be More Pirate draws parallels between the strategy and innovation of legends like Henry Morgan with modern-day rebels, like Elon Musk, Malala and Blockchain, and reveals how to apply their tactics to life and work today.
Social entrepreneur and author Sam Conniff Allende shares the parallels and the principles we can draw to make a difference in our world today for the generations of tomorrow.
Sam shares the 5 key principles practised by pirates, which we can use today:
Rebel - stand up to status quo
Rewrite - bend and rewrite rules
Reorganise - collaborate to achieve scale
Redistribute - fairness, share power
Retell - weaponise your story to establish and spread their legacy
Sam leaves us with the profound message of C.S. Lewis “Good and evil increase at compound interest. That’s why the little decisions we make every day are of infinite importance. the smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may go on to victories you never dreamed of”.
You can find out more about Sam and the book here:
https://www.samconniff.com/ https://www.bemorepirate.com/ http://livity.co.uk/
Jun 26 2018
Rank #17: EP 95: How to Communicate Thanks and Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr Paul White
In this ear-opening chat, we realise how we can improve our company by changing our language.
We look at the problems, there are a lot of them:
90% of American Companies have a recognition programme
Yet, most workers receive no recognition!
The No.1 reason people leave their jobs is not feeling appreciated
67% say more motivated by praise than anything else
Labour turnover is one of the significant causes of declining productivity and sagging morale
Visible costs to turnover:
More importantly, we explore the solutions with the 5 languages of appreciation:
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Enjoy and find out more about Dr Paul White here: http://www.drpaulwhite.com/
Here is the post Paul mentioned during the show:
Apr 07 2018
Rank #18: EP 109: How to Be a Samurai Listener with Cash Nickerson
President of PDS Tech and multiple author and martial artist Cash Nickerson shares how to become a more confident and effective negotiator, listener, speaker, and leader using the way of the Samurai.
The martial arts skills of the Samurai revolve around politeness, self-control, and honesty. By using these traits as business strategies, you will develop an especially powerful tool for dealing with the subtle attacks we often face from colleagues, clients, and others competing for control, eager to succeed at our expense.
We discuss specific pitfalls and specially designed exercises to improve all of your interpersonal interactions. Cash Nickerson draws upon more than thirty years of experience in human resources, the workforce, and his training in martial arts to offer expert instruction to help anyone eager to be more successful.
You can find out more about Cash here: http://cashnickerson.com/
Jul 09 2018
Rank #19: Last Tango in Cyberspace with Steven Kotler
With its electrifying sentences, subtle humour, and an intriguing main character, readers are sure to find something that resonates with them in this groundbreaking cyberpunk science fiction thriller.
We welcome award-winning journalist, executive director of the flow research collective, world-leading expert on high performance, multiple New York Times bestselling author, and author of “Last Tango in Cyberspace” Steven Kotler
The future of our culture
The fracturing of society
Purpose and Vision
Habits and Attention
The origins of Empathy
Reinvention and regeneration
Walking logic bombs with hyper logical minds, the Mentat
Species die-off rates
More about Steven here: www.stevenkotler.com
Steven mentioned this Forbes article during the show: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenkotler/2015/03/27/the-passion-recipe-four-steps-to-total-fulfillment/#74d9b2f86bb4
Jun 21 2019
Rank #20: EP 122: Daniel Siegel M.D. - Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence
This episode aims to introduce practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in our lives.
We will explore:
The science that underlies meditation’s effectiveness
How to harness the power of the principle “Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows.”
How developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can help us grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in our lives.
Whether we have no experience with a reflective practice or are an experienced practitioner, we are going to explore this hands-on guide that will enable you to become more focused and present, as well as more energized and emotionally resilient
Our guest is the author of 4 New York Times bestsellers and I’m sure today’s book Aware will be a fifth. His books include:
The Developing Mind
Parenting from the Inside Out
The Mindful Brain
The Mindful Therapist
A Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology
The Whole-Brain Child
The Yes Brain
And the focus of today’s episode:
Aware The Science And Practice Of Presence—A Complete Guide To The Groundbreaking Wheel Of Awareness Meditation Practice
More about Dan Siegel here:
TEDx Prague we refer to in the show:
Wheel of Awareness
Sep 23 2018